Before you can get your South Carolina drivers
license, you must prove you live here, that is, you have to be a permanent
resident in the area. This doesn’t mean you need to own your own home,
although you may want to do so, but renting is perfectly fine.
All you’ll need is proof that you own or rent, usually with
a lease or a utility bill that has your name and address on it. Once you’ve
established residency, you can do all kinds of things. You can register your
vehicle, register to vote, and get your DL.
You can use your old license from your former state of residence for 90 days, so long as it hasn’t expired. That gives you plenty of time to get your South Carolina license.
When you go to the DMV, you’ll need to bring with you your out-of-state license so you can turn that in, proof of identity (birth certificate or current passport), citizenship (green card if you have one), social security number, proof of South Carolina residency, and your automobile liability insurance information.
If you are not a United States citizen (i.e. you
have a green card), you’ll need to go to one of the Myrtle Beach DMV offices to
get your license. Little River and Conway do not offer that service. More
information can be found here on the SC DMV website.
There are four South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle
offices in Horry County. All of them issue both drivers licenses and auto tags.
If you need to call ahead, each DMV phone number is listed below for that office.
You can check the state website to make sure you have all the necessary forms
and documents before you go to the office so you don’t have to make a second
1200 21st Avenue North
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
4103 Highway 701 North
Conway, SC 29526
Myrtle Beach Near Market Common
1330 Howard Parkway
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
North Myrtle Beach/Little River
107 Highway 57 North
Little River, SC 29566
All Horry County DMV offices are open weekdays Monday
through Friday and are closed Saturday and Sunday. You do not need a
reservation, but you can get an idea of how long you will wait by going to the
SC DMV website.
Here are some useful links to help you get everything sorted.
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